Have you ever showered outside at a campground or the beach?
This morning in the shower, as I stretched my neck upward to catch the spray directly on my face, I flashed back to being 10 years old, at a church camp with outdoor showers. The showers were semi-enclosed, with wooden walls and no roof. Lifting my face to the shower head, with water splashing over my cheeks, I closed my eyes and I was there at camp, with the sun pouring down from the open roof and my mind full of wonder at the day ahead. I inhaled the familiar fresh pine air of the Rocky Mountains, content in that topless shower with sunlight warming my head and water running down my legs, swirling toward the drain in the cement floor beneath my feet.
The days seemed endless then, flowing from one scene to the next with ease, and my whole life lay ahead of me. “Being here now” was easier then, especially on that summer day at camp.
Meditation and mindfulness moments, like those in the shower, can add a peaceful, timeless quality to your life.
My daily meditation of Sun Above, Earth Below probably started then, especially since I love doing this in the shower.